Cinema City

Cinema City, Norwich: Hours, Address, Cinema City Reviews: 4.5/5

Cinema City
4.5
00:00 - 23:00, 23:30 - 00:00
Monday
00:00 - 23:00
23:30 - 00:00
Tuesday
00:00 - 23:00
23:30 - 00:00
Wednesday
00:00 - 23:00
23:30 - 00:00
Thursday
00:00 - 23:00
23:30 - 00:00
Friday
00:00 - 23:00
23:30 - 00:00
Saturday
00:00 - 23:00
23:30 - 00:00
Sunday
00:00 - 23:00
23:30 - 00:00
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4.5
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wingers1966
Cambridge, UK106 contributions
A little gem of a cinema.
Feb 2020 • Solo
I’m a big fan of the a Picturehouse chain of cinemas. This is a little gem set in the historic centre of Norwich. Welcoming staff and a good movie experience (‘Emma’ for me). Nice little restaurant and bar area too.
Written 19 February 2020
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Sarah K
London, UK41 contributions
Charming Cinema Experience
Mar 2019
Quirky cinema experience in historic building. Unusual and attractive setting with bar and cafe service serving hot and cold meals to enjoy either before or after film, or even just to drop in for coffee. Worth going to enjoy the building alone - seeing a film there is an added bonus! Would return without question.
Written 25 January 2020
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norwich21
Norwich, UK4 contributions
Disappointed
Dec 2019
Having been a very keen and passionate member of Cinema City for a long period of time, I am becoming more and more disappointed at the lack of film choices for the more discerning film goer. I have enjoyed many foreign language films and a variety of thought provoking independent films covering many genres. However, it seems we are no longer being catered for. Most of the films shown are either popular culuture or blockbusters. Most of these films can be seen at the major cinemas chains for,sometimes, a third of the price. Cinema City is expensive and I wonder why I should pay these prices to see the same film elsewhere.

Yes, Cinema City is by far a better venue.but I want to go there and be offered a choice of films of a more discerning nature.

I know I am not the only person who feels like this. But maybe it is all about making money!
Written 8 January 2020
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Siobhan M
Norfolk, UK192 contributions
Excellent facilities. you feel special
Dec 2019
We tried Cinema City for the first time this week as we wanted to see Cats in the daytime and this was the only cinema offering it. The screening was packed so we were clearly not the only ones. We found the online booking process efficient(good thing we did book as it was so busy) and enjoyed the whole experience. There is a very smart restaurant and bar and the historical building makes this a very different experience to the normal cinema visit. The other viewers were well behaved so were able to enjoy the film in peace. By the way CATS was well worth seeing, ignore the critics if you like musicals, you will like this film. We will definitely consider visiting Cinema City again soon and the price of tickets would be more attractive if we bought a membership.
Written 24 December 2019
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P Owen
Cromer, UK4 contributions
Wonderful place to watch a film
Dec 2019 • Couples
We have been members here for some time, it is our favourite cinema in Norwich. The selection of films to watch is nearly always diverse and watchable, staff are friendly and helpful. The live streaming has added a new dimension to our viewing and is to be applauded (pun intended). All in all, a lovely place to go. Oops nearly forgot the bar and restaurant, also highly recommended.
Written 13 December 2019
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Icenorum10
Norwich, UK44 contributions
Good custodians of an historic site
Dec 2019
I accompanied a group of ex-Round Tablers interested in their founder Louis Marchesi who began the organisation on this site. The staff couldn't have been more helpful, pointing out the various monuments, including opening up the adjacent John Hurt centre. The group who were visiting Norwich, were delighted.
Written 4 December 2019
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NorfolkCommonMan
Norwich, UK96 contributions
Nice place to meet, greet and eat, dreadful website, booking by premium number.
Oct 2019
We've been absent from Cinema City Norwich for a while.
When I tried to book for a show today, I was confronted by a truly dreadful website. Slow, constantly recycling, not at all intuitive. Frankly hostile.
To cap it all, telephone bookings are via a central 0871 number, which is a darned cheek! BUCK UP Picturehouses! You're going to lose customers this way.
The dining rooms are still good and the bar is a good place for a coffee or rendezvous.
Written 25 October 2019
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marg826
Coventry, UK448 contributions
A historical place to go for a film
Sep 2019
I will admit we were at the Strangers House nearby and were recommended Cinema City for a drink or a cup of tea. It occupies the Suckling House, the 16th century home of Robert Suckling, a Mayor in the City. The building was given to the City in 1925.I have to say we really enjoyed the tea and the surroundings, it also seemed to serve food as well.
Written 22 September 2019
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NorwichSarah
Congleton, UK351 contributions
Lovely cinema
Mar 2018 • Couples
A fine cinema, small and quirky and not one where noisy kids visit, so worth it’s weight in gold.
Clean and tidy cinema.
The only issue is the price, they haven’t reacted to the other cinemas in Norwich getting it right and offering cheeped tickets.
It’s a treat to go here and the lack of kids/youths that go here is a big plus.
Written 20 September 2019
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Jim Boucherat
Bishops Stortford, UK4 contributions
An absolute travesty. Manifestly unfit for purpose.
Aug 2019
My recent experiences at Cinema City, a venue that I was heavily involved with in its formative years in the late 1970s/early 1980s, have been little short of appalling.

The vision of the cinema was originally to show a wide range of arthouse, foreign language and cult independent films, not available in mainstream movie theatres (in those days represented by ABC and Odeon). The inevitable entropy set in post becoming part of the Pictuehouse chain and rapidly accelerated following the sale of the business to Cineworld in 2012. The latter is the largest picturehouse exhibitor in Europe and as such, is almost exclusively focused on ultra commercial, mass-market fare.

Cinema City today is the palest shadow of its former self and perfectly represents the toxic primacy of neoliberal imperatives. The films shown are almost exclusively the same as those shown at the local Odeon multiplex, except that the latter is half the price or less. Wonderful films from around the world are now conspicuous by their close to total absence but the likes of uber vapid pabulum like Downton Abbey, Blinded by the Light, The Current War and The Lion King are now standard programming. As mentioned, one can see all of these recent examples at the local Odeon at a fraction of the price, so what exactly is Cinema City's raison d'etre?

The Dining Rooms at Cinema City serve excellent cuisine and when considered as a "restaurant", cannot be faulted. The splendid medieval interiors of Suckling House of course remain and if one limits one's attention to simply the food and ambiance then you will not be disappointed. Conversely, when reviewed as a "cinema", the establishment's putative purpose, it is an utter disgrace. The staff are frequently offhand, arrogant and dismissive. They are also largely clueless about film, which further begs the question as to the underlying commercial objectives. There are no longer any interesting booklets as to forthcoming titles each quarter and any questions via the contact line are relayed to an outsourced call centre, where invariably you are left uninformed or simply fobbed off.

True cinephiles will find absolutely nothing of worth at this grotesque parody of an art house cinema. It is however a perfect venue for the witless affectations of the dilettantes and poseurs who will feel oh so special and superior in such a superficially rarified environment. Truly an object example of knowing the price of everything and the value of nothing. This establishment is essentially a monumental betrayal of its founding values and a poster child of the meretricious, cynicism of the contemporary "culture" industry.
Written 2 September 2019
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